Do you photograph what you see or what you feel?
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This is a great question.. And the answer is "yes"? I don't know exactly how to answer your post - except to say "Yep"... Let me explain, I guess..??16 May 2014
I see things in "images"? For example - I'll look at something - and something "clicks", like I've got an image in my mind. Do I "see" that? I guess I do - but, it is not a conscience thought? My mind "sees" it already in the format I want to see it.. Like - remember when folks are starting out in photography - and hold up their hands with thumb and forefinger extended - to get the right "frame"? I guess I do that mentally and just "see" the image already in frame?
So - next - I imagine what it "felt" when I composed it... It has to deliver "something". It could be color, or contrast, or composition, or - what I want to share through the image...
Now - this sounds like a long "artsy fartsy" process - but - it's not.. I can "see something" and make those decisions in a less than a second.. If I want to follow through with what I see and feel - then I'll bring out the camera to "make the image" that I see and expose to what I feel?? If you look at my images here on Focussion - you'll see what I mean??
I often shoot for what I "feel" - but - I have to "see it" first in my minds eye. Then - and only then - will I use the camera to capture what I both see and feel? The camera, lens - whatever - is merely a "tool" to make what I see and feel - to share with myself, and more rarely, others?
I dun'no of that makes sense - but - for the thousands of times I press the shutter button in a single month - very few make it through to post processing - and fewer still - do I even print...?
That's just me, I guess?
I saw a photography plaque that said "Don't shoot what you see, shoot what you feel." Since this is a photography site, I thought it would be an interesting question to ask.9 May 2014
I photograph things I "see" if I "feel" others would be interested so really, I try to capture an experience in hopes that the viewer feels compelled to go out and visit the area.Helpful 1 9 May 2014
Hi Linda. I photograph only things that get my attention be it visual or something that moves me, it can be almost anything from flowers to landscapes, aviation, buildings, seascapes. I just love to take things that interest me.Helpful 1 8 May 2014
I photograph what I see if it makes me feel something. I will not photograph something that does not capture my attention. I photograph landscapes and architecture when I travel to go back to them afterwards and "keep" those memories, and people always make me feel something and I do not miss any chance to photograph someone :)Helpful 1 8 May 2014
So yeah, that´s my thought.